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Title: What College Grads Should Know About the Teacher Recruitment Process

  • What College Grads Should Know About the Teacher
    Recruitment Process

A Little About Me - Education
  • BA in History
  • MS in Ed. Administration
  • Ed.S. in Ed. Administration
  • Ed.D. in
  • Ed. Admin.

A Little About Me Teaching Career
Middle School social studies High School
History Geography
A Little About Me Admin. Career
11 Total Years High School Athletic Director High
School Assistant Principal Middle School
Principal Assistant Superintendent - Human
Resources Superintendent of Schools
One Last thing You Should Know About Me . . .
Im a Die Hard St. Louis Cardinals Fan!
Raised the Right Way!
About Sterling Public Schools
  • My Goals for Recruiting
  • It Starts now!
  • Your Cover Letter
  • Your Resume
  • Your Credentials
  • Your Interview
  • My Opinion on Follow-ups, Masters Degrees, and
  • Your questions
  • What really makes a difference

Define yourself, or others will
My Goal for Recruitment
  • Get the best teaching candidate I can
  • Action Steps
  • Get a good/great candidate, then keep working up
    from there (Icing on the cake!)
  • This is dependant on the types of candidates
  • What do you use to determine a good/great
    teaching candidate?
  • Charlotte Danielsons Framework for Teaching
  • 12 years

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What is the Purpose of This?
  • Knowing this information, how does that impact
    you and the recruitment process?
  • What skills are we really looking for out of
    college grads?
  • You dont have to be an expert today, as long as
    I know you have the desire and work ethic to be
    one tomorrow!

Certified Teacher Applicants for 2008-2009
  • Position Hired of Applicants
  • Elementary 7 751
  • Social Studies 2 156
  • PE/Health 3 135
  • English 2 48
  • Music 1 39
  • SpED 3 28
  • Math 2 22
  • French 1 7
  • Science 1 5
  • SLP 1 4
  • Bilingual 1 2
  • Totals 24 1197

The Big 7 Hard to fill Teacher Positions
  • Bilingual Education
  • Foreign Language
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary Science
  • Special Education
  • Speech-language Pathology

3 Types of Candidates
  • 1. Those candidates I know personally
  • Those candidates who know someone I know
  • Those candidates I dont know personally

3 Types of Candidates
  • Since all of you will most likely fall into
    category 3, lets talk about what can impact
    whether or not you are considered the best
    teacher candidate

It Starts Now!
  • Are you ready?
  • Background checks
  • Do you know what your check states?
  • Judici.com
  • Facebook, MySpace accounts
  • As your employer, do you want me looking at it?
  • Google and You Tube
  • Are there names like yours who arent teacher
  • Phone messages
  • As your recruiter, do you want me listening to
    your voice mail message?
  • Email address
  • Is it a respectful address?

Your Cover Letter
  • Whats its purpose?
  • The Musts
  • Begin by stating specifically the position for
    which you are applying
  • What are the one or two things you want me to
    know about you, that will catch my attention?
    (Bilingual, SpED, etc)
  • The Donts
  • Dont send un-needed messages
  • No Piaget quotes
  • No form letters

Your Cover Letter
  • Cover letter examples

Your Resume Its About 3 Things
  • The 7 essentials
  • What extras do you want us to know about you?
  • Formatting
  • Forget the one page only theory, especially if I
    do not know you. Provide pertinent and valuable
  • Dont tell me all the things you do as a teacher,
    especially if they are expected job

Your Resume The Essential 7
  • Your job objective
  • Your college education
  • Your certifications/endorsements
  • See certification slide
  • Work Experience
  • Professional organizations
  • Awards and/or honors
  • References

Your Resume - Certifications
  • List your certifications
  • IL Type-03 (K - 9)
  • IL Type-04 (PreK - 1)
  • IL Type-09 (7 - 12)
  • IL Type-10 (K - 12)
  • IL Type-29 (Transitional Bilingual)
  • IL Type-73 (Counseling)
  • IL Type-75 (Administrative)

Your Resume - Endorsements
  • Know the difference between certifications and
  • Middle School
  • Freshmen/9th grade
  • ESL
  • Subject
  • Know specifically the areas in which you are
    Highly Qualified (www.isbe.net)

Your Resume - References
  • Dont use college professors unless they have
    worked with you in the classroom
  • Only use personal references if you have ample
    professional references
  • We want supervisors of your work
  • We have to be able to get a hold of your
    references, especially in the summer
  • We need current cell phone numbers
  • Tell references you are using them, and know what
    they are going to say about you!

Your Resume
  • Resume examples

Your Credentials
  • Only send your credential file if the employer
    asks for it.
  • Otherwise it can be information-overload
  • If sending your credential file electronically,
    please make sure your PDFs are high qulaity

Your Interview
  • Two components at SPS
  • Performance-based interviews
  • Question answer portion with staff
  • My only two tips
  • Be honest
  • Support your views and answers with
  • evidence

  • Whats the purpose?
  • Please dont create more work for my office
  • Be very careful how you follow-up
  • Typical phone call on a cell phone

Should I Get a Masters Degree?
  • Your Pros
  • Its great if someone else is funding it
  • It can make you much more marketable (SpED, ESL,
    Math, etc.)
  • Your Cons
  • 4300 annual difference in our salary schedule
  • You also lose a year of credible service toward
    TRS (retirement)
  • Its much more difficult w/ a full-time job

  • Theres mixed feelings about portfolios in the HR
  • My opinion
  • Dont force it, but if asked, it can be a great
    opportunity for you to show evidence of student
  • Dont ask to leave it with the school district.
    If they want it, theyll ask you for it

  • Whats an Initial Teaching Certificate?
  • The State requires you to teach for 4 years on
    an Initial Teaching Certificate
  • ISBE Form 73-97
  • The 10 ways a teacher can move from Initial to a
    Standard Teaching Certificate
  • This is why a Mentor Program is important
  • What questions do you have?

  • Thanks for your attention

The Old - Whats Shaped Student Learning
  • NCLB (2001)
  • Standards-Based Education (1990s)
  • A Nation At Risk (1983)
  • 4. The Coleman Report (1966)

What was the Coleman Report?
James Coleman stated, that though public schools
are a great force today in our nation, there are
other forces for which have a far greater
influence on the ability of a child to
learn. He goes on to mention factors such as
poverty, nutrition, ethnicity, mobility, and
family structure are the most important factors
on a childs ability to learn!
What about you?
As future educators, do you agree with James
Coleman? So, which one of these do you believe
is the greatest factor that impacts a childs
ability to learn? Or, is there another factor
not mentioned?
Make No Mistake About It . . .
It is you!
You Are the Key Factor
The 90/90/90 research backs this theory
You Are the Key Factor
Heres what some educational experts say about
YOU being the key factor in a childs learning .
. .
  • Making good teaching happen for every child,
    every day, in every classroom, is the single most
    important means by which schools can deliver on
    their promise to enable all children to learn and
    achieve at high levels.   

Robert Peterkin Harvard HISL Chairperson
The most critical factor for student learning is
to ensure that effective teaching is occurring in
every classroom
Dr. Robert Marzano From his book, Getting
Serious About School Reform The Three Critical
Teachers are the most influential variable to
student achievement!
Richard Elmore Professor of Educational
Leadership Director, Consortium for Policy
Research in Education, Harvard Graduate School of
There is no secret. The only way to improve
student achievement is the hard-work of
improving teaching strategies.
Mary Russo, Principal Richard J. Murphy
  • Education Director of the Gates Foundation, Ms.
    Vicki Phillips speaking at the Education
    Commission of the States (ECS) Annual Meeting on
    July 2, 2008
  • The Gates Foundations Five Goals
  • Stop the transmission of HIV/AIDS
  • Eradicate malaria and polio
  • Improve nutrition and sanitation in the
    developing world
  • Create opportunities for the world's poorest to
    lift themselves out of poverty
  • And, in the U.S., dramatically increase college
    readiness and college completion rates

  • To prepare students for college, we have to focus
    on the work that teachers and students do
    together and the quality of the student-teacher
  • What happens inside the classroom has the
    greatest impact on learning.
  • You know, teachers matter. They matter the

  • The importance of effective teaching is so
    powerful that researchers studying high schools
    in North Carolina found that having a class with
    a strong teacher had an impact 14 times greater
    than having a class with five fewer students.
  • "Unless we have great teachers in the classroom,
    the rest of it is just window dressing."

You Are the Key Factor

Though not scientifically proven, many educators
believe there is nearly a 100 direct
connectivity between the quality of instruction
and student learning
So, whats the new part?
  • First of all, we need to believe that!
  • When we do, it changes everything!

So, whats the new part?
  • Secondly, since we believe it is true, our focus
    needs to be on supporting and developing
    teaching practices?

  • As educators we must realize that before our
    kids will change, we must change. We must change
    by getting better at what we do, which is
    teaching kids how to learn.

Dr. Yvette Jackson Chief Executive
Officer,National Urban Alliance
Please Understand . . .
  • Dont take this as Im saying you are not great
    teachers, because you are!
  • Im asking, how much better can you be?
  • No excuses attitude
  • Olympic Athletes

  • A common teacher statement is, Im doing the
    best that I can, with the knowledge that I have.

Dr. John Diamond Harvard University Sociology
Key Point
  • When you are a better teacher, your kids are
    better learners!

Outstanding methods of instruction
Outstanding student achievement

New part 3
  • Believe that you are the biggest factor in a
    childs learning!
  • Understand our need to continually improve our
  • Understand our new students of today are very
    different from us
  • As learners and what motivates them

Generation Y and Z Research
  • They are not just technology users, their life is
    lived thru technology
  • How much is technology a part of your every day
  • They believe they are the generation of
  • Remember this when establishing your classroom
  • They are social multi-taskers, who demand to be
  • How engaging is your class?

Key Question . . .
  • If we truly have our students interest at heart,
    are we willing to change for them?
  • Maybe a better question is . . .
  • Do our students come daily to learn in our
    schools, or do we come daily to teach in theirs?

Student Technology Video
  • A Vision of K-12 Students Today
  • This video was created by students for todays

  • Have a great year!!!
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